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Autism Belongs deals with several different issues – denial, cultural traditions, autism and violence. Tomas has lost his job because Manny has been violent with his mother again; now jobless Maria and Tomas must face more difficulties each day. On one of Manny’s good days they walk downtown and stop at a bakery where life for them changes. There they discover they are not alone. They find encouragement and a supportive system that understands and knows how to help them.
Diagnosing Manny with autism is confusing and devastating but now Tomas and Maria and Manny have a lifeline – they have knowledge and people to help them through the process of learning and teaching Manny. But first, they must cross other concerns before they all work together – cultural traditions that stand in their way as well as fear. Ben, Mel, Kyle, Ellie and others carefully guide Tomas and Maris through the frightening parts helping Manny to become interactive and an active member of life.
Dr. Sharon Mitchell clearly understands what parents, family and friends go through when living with and working with children diagnosed as autistic. She carefully weaves a fictional story around the harsh facts of autism, providing answers, guidance and a lifeline to those who face this disorder every day.
Well written, Mitchell recognizes the importance of showing characters with the same fears, lack of experience/knowledge and feelings of denial. Furthermore, she shows us the darker side of the disorder in this installment. She promotes, successfully in my opinion, the need for more education and support for children and their families who suffer with Autism.
Mitchell carefully develops each character and interaction with care and attention. One cannot help but feel the emotional tug of Tomas, Manny and Maria. Not to mention seeing the growth of Kyle and Ben from book one. Amazing book!
WordsAPlenty gives this book a five-star review for Mitchell’s ability to weave fact and fiction together in an educational and thought provoking book series. This book is highly recommended for everyone, all ages. The layers within this book is awe-inspiring.
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